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Outdoors events
For the week of June 18-24
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This week

Animal Appetites, Athens. 10 a.m. Saturday, Sandy Creek Nature Center, 205 Old Commerce Road, Athens. Preregistration required. $6 per family for Athens-Clarke County residents; $9 for non-resident families. 706-613-3615.

HandsOn with Dad, Athens. Kids can come with their parents to clean up park, lake and trails. Lunch provided. HandsOn Northeast Georgia. For ages 5 and older. 10 a.m. Saturday, Sandy Creek Park, 205 Old Commerce Road, Athens. 706-353-1313.

Bike ride, Helen. Hilly 50-mile loop. Chicken City Cyclists. 9 a.m. Saturday, La La's, 3318 Ga. 256, Helen. 770-534-7075 or

Maternity Aqua Shapeup, Athens. Water aerobics for expectant mothers. 11 a.m. Saturdays through August, Memorial Park pool, 293 Gran Ellen Drive, Athens. Preregister. $5 per class. 706-613-3580.


Bike ride, Gainesville. Hilly 30-mile loop. Chicken City Cyclists. 9 a.m. June 27, Bolling Mill Park, Chestatee Road, Gainesville. 770-534-7075 or

Bike ride, Clermont. More than 40 mile loop. Chicken City Cyclists. 9 a.m. July 11, Woodlawn Baptist Church, 20 Florence Drive, Clermont. 770-534-7075 or


Hiking in Helen, Helen, Three-mile guided hikes; bring lunch. 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays through June 27, Unicoi State Park and Lodge, 1788 Ga. 356, Helen. $5 parking. 800-573-9659, ext 305.

Come Try It, Gainesville. Try canoes and kayaks on Lake Lanier. Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club. 1-6 p.m. Sundays through September, Lake Lanier Olympic Center, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $15. 770-287-7888.

Hall County Farmers Market, Gainesville. 6 a.m. Tuesdays and 7 a.m. Saturdays, corner of East Crescent Drive and Jesse Jewell Parkway, near Interstate 985 Exit 24, Gainesville. $10 to join market, $5 per day to sell; $100 to reserve space for entire selling season. 770-531-6988

Hoschton Farmers Market, Hoschton. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Towne Center Shopping Center, Hoschton. Dan Graves, 770-861-7232

Dahlonega Farmers Market, Dahlonega. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays through Nov. 7, Hancock Park off the downtown Dahlonega square. 706-864-6133.

Suwanee Farmers Market, Suwanee. Farmers must grow their own produce and be licensed and certified by the Georgia Department of Agriculture; vendors register in advance. . 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 17, Town Center Park, 310 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. 770-945-8996 or